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The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide (2020)

If you read this post’s headline and thought, “Whoa, Abbie. Cutting it close, aren’t you? I’ve already done all my shopping,” I totally get it. I debated whether I should even post this for a couple of reasons:

1. Due to a confluence of factors that include but are not limited to: newborn twins with tongue tie issues, car wrecks, wrenched backs, travel, my book’s manuscript deadline looming, and general Christmas craziness, I haven’t found a minute before now to sit down and attempt to post this.

2. As a result of all of the above factors, I have not been able to be nearly as meticulous in my research into all of the different categories that I usually post about. As such, the only way this is happening is if I chuck everything that I did bookmark into one post, which is so different than my normal m.o. that I almost couldn’t bring myself to do it. But, as one reader put it, “If there’s any year to just throw it all up there in one post, it’s 2020.” #truth

So, here it is: an unconventional (for me) Amazon Gift Guide for allll the things/people.

For MAMAS:

I get asked a lot what kind of hairdryer I use. It’s not fancy, but it does have good reviews and has served me well for years. Plus, this paisley design is pretty cute (it comes in rose gold too).

I also get asked multiple times a week where I get my headbands. The first answer is always Amazon. I don’t have these (yet), but I love the neutral but interesting style.

Most hats don’t fit my big noggin+big hair combo. I’m still tempted to give this one a whirl because of the chic style + good reviews.

This is not as cheap as you could find it at Marshall’s, and the price has already fluctuated several times since I first saved the link, but the current price is pretty good for a Fossil brand leather wristlet.

This Makeup Eraser is pricey for a cloth that takes your makeup off, but I must say that, after having tried to the off-brand and the “real deal,” it might just be worth the hype.

A sweet friend gave me this necklace as a shower gift when I was pregnant with the twinbies. I broke it trying to disentangle it from my hair but liked it so much that Shaun got it for me again for my birthday.

Anthropologie has some initial earrings just like these for way more money. Just sayin’

I bought these cute/well-rated/inexpensive heart initial necklaces as part of my girls’ “something to wear gift.” I’m thinking they’ll be a big hit!

And back to the “mama” necklaces. I like this variation as well.

I bought these slippers to wear at the hospital for the twinbies’ birth, and they lived up to the reviews. So soft!

I saw a couple of my friends with these key rings and thought they looked both cute and ingenious. This gives you the option of buying several and splitting them at a friend gift exchange.

I think I shared something just like this last year, but I now own one and know just how cute and versatile they are, so I still highly recommend.

Here’s the same concept as the above key ring but in a single-buy option.

Again, if you have several girlfriends to buy for but don’t want to break the bank, this pack of assorted trendy earrings might just do the trick.

Tassels are very in right now. Especially on earrings.

This is another one that I have no idea what the price will be when you actually see it on this guide, but it was $40 when I found them, which is a STEAL.

This would be perfect for  “package gift.” You could fill this cute striped cooler bag with your gift recipient’s favorite chilled treats and then use the bag as the “wrapping.”

Gotta love a good belly basket (with more tassels).

If you’ve ever had the yummy egg bites from Starbucks, I’m thinking these would produce a very similar result.

Got any organization lovers to buy for? These containers have great reviews and come with the labels included.

I have this design in a shirt, and my Instagram readers went nuts for it. I got my shirt from Etsy but could only find a mug version on Amazon.

Speaking of another IG fan favorite, a ton of my readers already ordered these uber comfy/cute linen coveralls. I have them in the black and the green and love both!

This ACB message from above works well for a simple t shirt.

For DADS:

Speaking of t shirts, I don’t have anything revolutionary for you in the Dad department. That takes a level of research that I simply don’t have the time/energy to commit to right now, but I did find some great t shirt options. And I know how great they are because I’ve bought most of these for Shaun.


(Hardly; he’s the real deal)


(In case you too have a Vietnamese food lover)

(Yes, he does)

(Yes, he is)

(No, he is not)

Men like multitasking tech, so this triple charging dock might be perfect for the man who wants all of his charging needs met in one place.

I don’t know when Carhartt became a fashion statement, but they did. And there’s a major trend out there for Carhartt beanies in particular at the moment.

I know for a fact that I have shared this beard bib before, but I’m sharing again for the sheer fact that Shaun uses his every time he trims his beard this many years later. And I still don’t have to clean hair out his sink. It’s a winner!

For BABIES:

This is a hardly an exhaustive list of baby essentials–more like a short list of stylish/important things that we have actually used this time around with the twinbies and which I highly recommend to everyone who asks

These booties. The adjustable Velcro piece around the ankle keeps them from sliding off of scrawny baby feet. They come in a variety of neutral colors, and they’re just dang cute.

These pacis are all the rage because a) they work great! and b) they’re much cuter than their garish counterparts.

I love how ridiculously soft these bamboo-based swaddles are. The colors they come in are great too! These have been the only blankets we’ve used with the twinbies so far.

We have used this striped cosleeper for naptime and in our own bed when they twinbies refused to use their cradle for the first 8 weeks of their lives. It’s lightweight, and we have carried it all over the house, and it’s not an eyesore. Plus, the price is a fraction of what other popular brands of the similar items cost.

For KIDS:

Several of my kids have had (and enjoyed) this “smart” watch that gives them some good features without giving them too much access to anything.

I walked in on one of my big kids doing one of these paint by sticker sheets the other day, and, even though he tried to claim he was just passing the time, he was clearly engrossed.

I remember being desperate for glasses as a kid. Of course, then I got my wish by age 11 and wondered why I’d been so smitten. Still, these are cute/cheap/well-reviewed and will scratch that itch that your kid has to look like a news reporter/Clark Kent/librarian.

Taco Bout Cute. Need I say more?

One of my girls bought this jewelry kit with birthday money, and they all got a kick out of making/baking the beads.

Both Theo and Honor are OBSESSED with rocks. This starter kit, complete with carrier bags + identification guide looks perfect for them!

Shiloh is crazy about bubbles. I could have gone with this well-reviewed, chic option.

But instead I went with this glaring monstrosity because the gift is not about me but Shiloh. And he will get SUCH a kick of this thing’s ability to move around and make noise WHILE spitting out bubbles.

My girls are almost as big of headband wearers as their mama. I got these to go with their heart necklaces.

Theo and Honor (but especially Honor) really enjoy this number/color set up. Being able to go for the magnetized fish is a nice bonus.

We have this art display in our schoolroom. I stole the idea from a fellow homeschool mom and think it’s great…even if we only change it out once every couple of months.

This weaving loom makes a great gift for the craft-lover who doesn’t need a bunch of extra supplies lying around.

This rope swing gets wildly good reviews. I’m thinking we might need to add one of these near our spyder swing.

I love the simplicity, bright colors, and carrying case of this classic Lego set.

Anybody else’s kids really into face painting? Surely it can’t just be mine.

I saw a similar idea to this on IG and was intrigued by the concept of small, magnetized toys, which would, in theory, make them harder to lose.

I’m weighing the pros and cons of finding these all over my house with the sheer joy that Theo/Honor/Shiloh will get out of these Plus Plus buildings toys (because this is definitely the case with brain flakes, but we still love them).

My kids are avid doodlers and love these dual-tipped markers

Which they can use on this scripture coloring book.

For GAMES:

Just got this educational Guess in 10 game for my kids and can’t wait to play.

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is a big hit at our house.

Zingo is another good one

As is Cat Crimes

And this one I have yet to try, but I’m intrigued. I’m told it’s similar to Killer Bunnies, which we ADORE.

For BOOKS:

This is a great read for every Christian woman from my online friend Phylicia Masonheimer.

The younger kids and I really enjoyed this one.

I ordered this one for our next read-aloud in the new year.

We are finally finishing this series after working through all 5 books in the last year, and we have liked it a lot!

If you order ONE thing from this entire gift guide, make it these Christian Heroes: Then and Now books. There are many more than just this set. I recommend them to everyone. They are such a fascinating, faith-building way of learning about amazing men and women of God. My kids beg me to read more chapters every time.

If you’re new to my gift guides or need more inspo, be sure to check out my 2019 options. Chances are, even if you did get something from them, you didn’t buy it ALL, and almost every one of the things I recommended last year are still available for the same prices this year.

2019 Mens (I DID try hard on this one)

2019 Kids

2019 Women Under $20

2019 Books